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Irvine ULTIMATE Utilities Guide | Electric, Water, Gas, Internet & More

Moving is a stressful time, and there are surely a ton of items on your “to-do” list. Setting up utilities has so many steps it might seem like the last thing you want to tackle. Don’t stress! Our guide has everything you need to know about setting up your utilities in Irvine, California. All the top providers, contact info, and instructions are right here in one place! 

Irvine Electric | Southern California Edison

Electric service is a great place to start when setting up your Irvine utilities. Southern California Edison provides electricity to the City of Irvine, and has been in business for over 100 years. They are dedicated to clean energy practices and sustainability, so you can feel good about your service. SCE is also involved in community outreach, as well as assisting customers who may have trouble paying for their service. The average electric bill is around $140. 

Starting service with Southern California Edison

SCE makes setting up your electricity easy! You can open an account online by clicking here.. You will need your driver’s license or ID, Social Security Number, and Tax ID (if you’re starting service for a place of business).

If you’d rather start your electric service over the phone, you can call 1-800-655-4555. You will need to give 48 hours notices before starting service (not including weekends or holidays), and you will need the following information:

  • Name
  • Service address
  • Mailing address (if applicable)
  • Contact phone number
  • Alternate phone number
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License number
  • Spouse/roommate name (if applicable)
  • Desired start date (Monday-Friday)

Transferring electric service with Southern California Edison

If you’re staying in the Irvine area, you can easily transfer your service online by clicking here. You can transfer service over the phone by calling 1-800-655-4555. You will need the following information when transferring your Irvine electricity:

  • Account number
  • Name on account
  • Address where electric will be turned off
  • Desired shut off date
  • Mailing address for final statement
  • Address for new service
  • Mailing address for new statements (if different from service address)
  • Contact phone number
  • Alternate phone number
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License number
  • Spouse/roommate name (if applicable)
  • Desired start date (Monday-Friday)

When transferring your electricity in Irvine, you should allow 48 hours notice ahead of your desired shut-off and new start dates.

Paying your Southern California Edison bill

There are lots of easy ways to pay your SCE bill in Irvine! You can set up an online account by clicking here. SCE offers paperless billing and autopay, so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of bills or late payments. If you want to pay online but not create an account, click here to pay as a guest. There are multiple rate plans to choose from including time of use and tiered rate plan. You can expect to pay an average of 15 cents per kilowatt. 

To make a one-time payment to SCE over the phone, call 1-800-655-4555, or call 1-800-877-8600 to have your payment information saved. Residential customers can pay by check or money order by sending payment with stubs to Residential Customers, Southern California Edison, P.O. Box 600, Rosemead, CA 91771-0001. If you’re paying by mail on behalf of a business, you can send it to Business Customers, Southern California Edison, P.O. Box 300, Rosemead, CA 91771-0001.

If you prefer to pay your bill in person, use SCE’s location finder to determine the most convenient payment agency near you.

Southern California Edison Contact Information

Irvine Water Utilities | Irvine Ranch Water District

Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) provides water service and sewage collection and treatment to the Irvine area. The average water bill in Irvine is $114 per month.

Water usage rates are divided into 4 tiers of usage:

  • Tier 1 (low volume usage): $1.47/ccf
  • Tier 2 (base rate usage): $2.00/ccf
  • Tier 3 (inefficient usage): $4.86/ccf
  • Tier 4 (wasteful usage): $13.63/ccf

Average Monthly Sewer Rates

  • Over 10 ccfs: $26.10
  • 5-10 ccfs: $23.50
  • Less than 5 ccfs: $19.55
  • Collection charge: $8.50
  • Treatment charge: $15.00

Click here to estimate your water bill using the IRWD’s rate calculator.

How to start service with Irvine Ranch Water District

There are a few ways you can set up your water and sewer account in Irvine. Click here to set up your account online, or speak to a customer service specialist at (949) 453-5300. Office hours are Monday-Thursday from 8am until 5pm.

To start service, you will need to be ready to provide the address for which you would like service, a mailing address, contact phone number, Social Security Number, and date you would like service to start. IRWD must be notified at least one business day ahead of your desired start or stop date. 

There is a $25 non-refundable service establishment fee that will appear on your first bill with IRWD, and a $50 fee if a Social Security Number is not provided upon opening your account. New IRWD customers may be required to pay an additional $50 deposit until payment history is established.

Transferring service with IRWD

If you are staying within Irvine, your current account cannot be transferred; you will need to stop your current service and start service at your new location.

How to pay your Irvine Ranch Water District bill

IRWD provides several options for paying your water bill. You can set up one-time or regular online payment by creating an online account. To pay over the phone, call 888-288-0141. If you prefer to pay in person, you can do so at the IRWD Office located at 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, CA 92618. Office hours are Monday – Thursday from 8am until 5pm. There is a drop box in the parking lot for after hours or weekend payments. To pay by mail, send your payment stub in the envelope provided with your bill. If you don’t have the courtesy envelope, you can send payments to ​​Irvine Ranch Water District Customer Service Department, P.O. Box 51403 Los Angeles, CA 90051-5703.

Irvine Ranch Water District Contact Information

Irvine Gas Utility | Southern California Gas Company

The Southern California Gas Company, or SoCalGas, serves the residents and businesses of Irvine. In business since 43 gas lamps were lit in Los Angeles in 1843, SoCal Gas is another utility provider aligned with going green. In fact, SoCal Gas is committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045.

Natural gas prices in California are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. Pricing is set based on three factors: cost of procurement, cost of transportation or delivery, and public purpose surcharge. Rates are subject to change at the beginning of every year. To learn more about pricing, click here. The average gas bill in Irvine is $35.

Starting service with SoCalGas

Setting up an account with SoCal is easy! You can set up your account online and arrange for your start date. If you’d prefer to arrange your appointment by phone, you can call 1-877-238-0092. You will need to provide your Social Security Number to open your account, and SoCal Gas will run a credit check through Experian. New customers are required to pay a one-time $25 start service fee.

Transferring service with Southern California Gas Company

If you’re relocating within Irvine and already have a SoCal account, you can easily change your service online by clicking here. A $25 service transfer fee will be applied to your first bill at your new address.

Paying your SoCalGas bill

SoCal lots of payment of options for their Irvine customers! You can register for a new account and pay online by clicking here. You can even register for automatic payments so you’ll never worry about losing service due to late payments. If you don’t want to enroll online, you can still pay over the phone with your debit or credit card through BillMatrix (a $1.50 fee applies) by calling 1-800-232-6629. Click here to apply for SoCal’s Pay by Phone program, or call 1-800-427-2200 to have your application mailed to you. Want to pay your Irvine electric bill in person? Click here to find an authorized payment location. If you want to pay by mail, you can send a check or money order to: SoCal Gas, P.O. Box C, Monterey Park, CA 91756. Prefer to pay by text? You can get your bills sent right to your phone by enrolling here!

Southern California Gas Company Contact Information

Irvine Internet Utility | Cox & AT&T

There are many cable and internet providers to choose from in Irvine. However, the two most popular are Cox and AT&T. AT&T plans in Irvine start at $35 per month for 300Mbps connection. Cox’s pre-packaged plans start at $56.99, but they offer customizable bundles so you can make your own plan that works for you. You can sign up for either provider on their website!

Irvine Trash Utility | Waste Management

irvine trash

Waste Management provides trash, recycling, and yard waste removal to Irvine residents. To set up service, call (949) 642-1191. You can also call that number to alert WM that you have bulky items you need to put out during your regularly scheduled pickup.

Setting up utilities when you’re moving to Irvine is a big job! If you’re looking into Irvine utility providers because you’ll be relocating here, make sure you’ve got the best professional movers in Irvine helping you. Safeway Moving is the most trusted name in moving in Irvine! Call 949-639-0330 to discuss your move today!


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